Networks with International Centres of Excellence are an efficient means of advancing knowledge, especially in the multidisciplinary field of sensor research. The pooling of complementary expertise, and the associated mobility of researchers, impacts strongly on the research and training environment of the centre.

The NCSR has established strategic research and education collaborations with nationally and internationally recognised centres in identified key areas of R&D:

  • Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Sensors research Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
  • VTT Electronics, Oulu, Finland
  • Cornell University Nanobiotechnology Centre
  • Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA
  • The Centre for ASsured, SafE and Traceable food (ASSET) at Queen’s University, Belfast
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Tyndall National Institute
  • University College Dublin
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Marine Institute

The purpose of these alliances is to:

  • Encourage and support exchange visits of research personnel at all levels.
  • Facilitate mutual access to research facilities and equipment.
  • Actively pursue mechanisms for funding of joint research projects.

Negotiations are on-going with the development of further international strategic alliances that will impact on undergraduate and postgraduate learning, and also on development of collaborative research programmes.